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Chimney Cleaning for Safety – Seekonk, MA

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, July 25, 2013

Chimney cleaning should be done by professionals.  Chimney sweeps are trained to inspect, clean and repair your chimneys. The National Fire Protection Association recommends that if you use your fireplace then you should have your chimney cleaned and inspected once every year to avoid a chimney fire.

Cleaning your chimney once a year means your chimney will be safe and it also ensures that it will work properly. The summer is a perfect time to have this done.  A dirty chimney is dangerous. Additionally, if your fireplace and chimney are not cleaned and inspected properly it could lead to serious health and safety issues.

The end products from burning  pellet and wood fires are gases, moisture, soot, and creosote. Creosote is an oil that comes from burning wood or pellets and it builds up over time in the chimney.  It builds up because a chimney is cooler at the top, cooling the hot air as it rises, causing the creosote to stick to the walls of the chimney and flues. Creosote is flammable. If the creosote accumulates, it can block the air vent and cause chimney fires.

If the chimney is blocked the residual gases don’t go out the chimney. This means that the some of those toxic gases could head into your living space instead, causing a health risk to you and your family.

Creosote is also highly combustible. This means that creosote build up can also cause chimney fires. To get your chimney cleaned before you need to use it again this fall, contact the Fireplace Showcase.

Time for a Chimney Cleaning - Seekonk, MA

Joseph Coupal - Friday, May 31, 2013

The warm weather is finally here. It is time to close up our stoves and fireplaces for the season and perform that seasonal maintenance. Now is the perfect time to schedule your chimney cleaning and inspection from the Fireplace Showcase in Seekonk.

If you want a safe chimney next winter, you need a clean chimney. Not only does burning unseasoned or wet wood create the need for chimney cleaning, but animals do as well. Chimneys make the perfect home for birds, squirrels, chipmunks, and bats. Chimney caps should be installed by your chimney sweeps if your home is without one.

Chimney sweeping is an unregulated business. So really, to be sure your chimney is functioning properly it should be cleaned and inspected every year. This ensures that it is safe, clean, free of blockages, and ready to use when the winter begins.  If you have taken advantage of the housing market and bought a home recently, consider a chimney inspection.

Regardless of if you choose to make use of your hearth and chimney this winter, a chimney inspection is still a great idea. This can give you piece of mind. Having an expert inspect your home’s chimney will let you know that there aren't any leaks that can cause damage to your home. Additionally Fireplace Showcase can help you make your chimney less drafty. Lower utility bills all year round, stop your air conditioned air from going out the chimney.

Chimney inspections can even help protect you from deterioration or a decaying flue liner. For more information on chimney cleaning and inspection, contact the Fireplace Showcase.